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Cricket and politics are two of India’s fiercest passions. On Sunday, they butted heads. Terrorism was to blame.

Organizers of the Indian Premier League, a brash and lucrative new tournament scheduled to begin in less than three weeks, announced that they had been compelled to move the game out of India. With the tournament schedule overlapping with national elections, the government could not guarantee adequate security for the games, they said.

Shashank Manohar, India’s cricket chief, said in a televised news conference that the cricket board was in talks with other countries to host the tournament “because of the attitude of the government that we are not in a position to provide security.”

In an interview with a private channel, CNN-IBN, the Indian home minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram, said elections were “unquestionably” more important than cricket and that he could not spare central paramilitary forces to guard the tournament when elections were under way.

The Indian Premier League is scheduled to take place between April 10 and May 24; the elections overlap almost exactly, in five different phases around the country. More than 700 million people are eligible to vote, and more than 2 million law enforcement officials are to be deployed.

The League chairman, Lalit Modi, said the tournament would be broadcast on Indian prime time television, and that the league would announce the location of the games by Monday evening.

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